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Grant Hill and Reggie Evans in the worst ejection ever

Oct 7, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

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Grant Hill and Reggie Evans got ejected from a preseason game last night for patting each other on the butt. Seriously.

It may be the worst ejection we can remember in the NBA. Referee Bill Kennedy is in mid-season overreaction form.

It happened while the Raptors were blowing the Suns out of the building Wednesday night (don’t read anything into that, it’s preseason). Follow this link to DailyMotion to see the video, but here’s what happened.

The play before there had been a little standing next to each other and jawing between Suns and Raptors players, particularly Hill and Evan. Nothing too malicious but the refs gave both the “hey let’s calm down everybody” double technical. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Then when the ball comes in bounds it ends up with Hill in the mid-post defended by Evans, so Hill tries to go to the quick spin move around him. Hill is bumped and slips to the floor. Hill gets up and — as athletes in every sport do all the time — he patted Evans behind. Evans tapped him back harder, so Hill turned and gave Evans one more solid tap.

Technical. And an ejection by Kennedy. Evans and Hill walk off laughing, the crowd booing the ref first then cheering the two players.

The twitter timeline for NBA people at the game — such as Holly McKenzie — lit up with “are you kidding me” posts just like the announcer on the video did. With good reason. We’re in the preseason and we may already have the worst ejection of the season. Kennedy has a quick trigger, but this is really outdoing even himself.

  1. goodjob - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Okay, the first two slaps were okay. They looked like they had more force to them than the USUAL slap, but they were okay. But then Grant Hill goes for a 3rd slap, even harder.
    I mean… were we supposed to let them keep going? Evans turned back around after the 3rd slap looking like he was about to go take another slap. If this continued… each slap getting harder, who knows what it leads to. At the very least, it leads to children in the stands thinking it’s cool to go slap someone on the butt over and over, back-and-forth.
    Admit it, you cringed a little when Grant Hill went back for that 3rd slap.
    Anyhow, I hope when the official ejected them… he yelled out “NO HOMO!” That would just put the icing on the cake.

  2. Tugboat - Oct 7, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Yeah… tech seemed perfectly legit to me. Those weren’t friendly butt patts. They were obviously antagonistic.

  3. Drew - Oct 7, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Strongly disagree with the above two comments. Watch the video on youtube. The third Grant Hill slap was antagonistic, but hardly malicious. The two slapped hands after they were tossed, smiling and walking off together. When you think about much more egregious things that never get called, this is pitiful. I agree with Kurt Hein, this may go down as one of the worst ejections ever.
    I’m sure we can hear the referee rebuttal: it was a blowout, things were getting testy, and they had to set an example. But, that was awful.

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